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  1. Shambhalaubie

    Useless Meds

    Thanks, the females were my favorites. Now there is only two with three males, so the ratio is off. I have used Pimafix in the past on a platy with some sort of white fungal growth, and it did work! However it seems the success of treatment with these "medications" are a hit or miss so to...
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    Useless Meds

    I have recently spend TONS of money on various medications. Any I can get my hands on, as I live in Canada so when I do find them, they are VERY expensive (fish medication is BANNED here)! I have had two of my cherry barbs become bloated, get a red lump on their side (which I am sure is due to...
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    Help - I think I have Ich

    Absolutely isolate the clearly sick fish, if you have another aquarium to do so. I would also suggest purchasing a thermometer, as well as an API Master Testing Kit. Basically most fish illness, sickness and disease has to do with your aquarium waters quality. The levels are actually crucial...
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    75 Gallon Tank Cherry Barb With Dropsy, What To Do?

    Sorry this thread is kinda old, but I am having a similar issue with my cherry barb. She is bloated, has a red spot and is pineconing. I can't get medication here in Canada, so aquarium salt is all I have on hand. I decided to go the same route as you, pinch added to 10 gallon qt tank yesterday...
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    Betta fish Choking?!

    When I had a Betta I snapped the pellets in half, or crushed them with a butter knife. The smaller pieces are easier for them to eat, mine never went for the pellets if they were too big and I ended up scooping it out of the aquarium. As for fin rot, I don't have much experience with that...
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    Prime Altering Test Results?

    Definitely not, Prime will not alter the test in anyway. Are you using test strips or the Master Testing Kit? In my experience, the strips are notorious for inaccurate readings, I always go for the test tube ones instead.
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    What are you doing to your tank today?

    Finally made the switch to sand today. Rinsed it and added it to the aquarium, made my driftwood the center piece with plants and the skulls/rock scattered around. Still a little cloudy but my filter is very good so it should clear up by tomorrow or the next day. However, I was sad to discover...
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    How Many Fish Do You Have?

    I also love Betta fish, I had many when I was younger. They have such unique personalities! I want to save them when I see them. But I try to stay away from that section of my LFS now. I feel so bad looking at them in little bowls. And I feel like if I save one, I'm just supporting the sale of...
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    What are you doing to your tank today?

    Replaced a pirate ship decoration I got with my aquarium when I purchased it, with a new mediumish size piece of driftwood I purchased. I want to go for a natural look with dark sand, and remove all the gravel.
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    How Many Fish Do You Have?

    I have 7 Cherry Barbs, 6 Bloodfin Tetras, and 2 Albino Corydoras, I also have 3 Assassin snails and a Zebra Nerite snail. I used to have a beautiful Gourami as well, but sadly he recently passed away.
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    HELP leaking canister filter

    Oh yeah for sure. I was in the bath, and when I got out to feed my fish I noticed water everywhere underneath the cabinet that holds the aquarium. Coming down the sides, and at the back where the power cord was. I was shocked! Grabbed a bunch of towels, placed them around the filter, but it was...
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    HELP leaking canister filter

    Replaced the entire quick disconnect today, as my order from Amazon arrived. My tubing was also way too long so I cut it down, my fish are happy the current is back after a week with just bubbles. I also put a bubbler in the canister filter to try and keep my beneficial bacteria alive. I'm about...
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    HELP leaking canister filter

    My Rena Filstar XP3 is also leaking from the same place, I ordered a new quick disconnect part ($45.00 on Amazon) as it seemed to be broken, but the water is mainly coming from the power cord. I unplugged it and have no filter at all currently, not sure what I should do. I have another lid for...
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    75 Gallon Tank Brown Spots on Gourami

    More hiding spaces would be a good idea for sure! Gourami's like tall plants, and coverage, it took me awhile to figure out how to make my aquarium the best space for him. I added a pirate ship, which he goes in a lot, and more natural and fake plants. He felt more comfortable not being...
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    75 Gallon Tank Brown Spots on Gourami

    My gourmai had pink abrasions like this recently as well. I had to do water changes more frequently, and dosed with SeaChem Stress Guard. It does look like some of his tail is missing, is he alone in the aquarium? What sort of decorations is in it? What's your water parameters?
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    What are you doing to your tank today?

    Replaced all my filter media in my canister, to discover it was leaking and made a huge mess. Damaged the stand and warped the wood. Not sure if I should try to get replacement parts for my Rena Filstar Xp3 or just buy a new filter all together but I don't have much time to decide, need to get...
  17. Shambhalaubie

    Cat drinking tank water, harmful???

    It is bad for their health, it can make them sick, and can also go the other way, making your fish ill as well. I would suggest getting something to cover it, to prevent your cat from drinking from it and discouraging that behavior if you see it happening in the future.
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    10 Gallon Tank Rescued female betta

    Thank you for taking this fish to a new home, out of the terrible conditions it was living in. I would treat this fish much like any I bring home from my LFS. Acclimating the fish, then adding to the aquarium and monitor for a while. I am sure the fish will be skittish for a while, as it will...
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    Is this gh and kh good for amano shrimp?

    I apologize, I meant to say an API GH & KH Test kit, I got the two mixed up some how... I haven't had much success using strips, so I always go for the tubes. Some people have had shrimp and even fish, in water parameters that weren't necessary ideal for them on paper, but they seem to thrive...
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    Is this gh and kh good for amano shrimp?

    Amano shrimp are Caridina's which is a genus of freshwater atyid shrimp. These shrimp require a KH of between 2-6 and require a gH of between 4-8. If what I am reading on your test strip is right, then it is too high. However, strips are notorious for being incorrect, and I highly recommend an...
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